Logic Supply SolidLogic Montivina Fanless Mini-ITX System

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Logic Supply SolidLogic Montevina GS-L10 Fanless Mini-ITX System

September 19th, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product Logic Supply SolidLogic Montevina GS-L10
Fanless Mini-ITX System
Manufacturer Logic Supply
MSRP US$900 (base configuration)
US$1020 (sample configuration)

The anatomy of a completely silent, compact PC is not complicated. For simpler builds like those based around Intel's Atom processor, not much is required: a nice sized passive heatsink, an enclosure with plenty of ventilation, and a solid state drive. For a faster system, the higher power draw and resulting heat becomes more of a problem.

A common silent solution is to clamp heatpipes to the hottest components and funnel the heat to heatsinks integrated into the case exterior where there's plenty of surface area available, turning the enclosure into a vital cooling component rather than just a container with aesthetic value. While effective, this approach usually means the size of the case must be more or less proportional to the power draw of the parts inside. A system of this type with the most powerful modern desktop hardware would be very large and cumbersome; a performance compromise is required for a SFF machine.

Such a balancing act is at play in Logic Supply's SolidLogic Montevina GS-L10. With the aid of a mobile processor, a tried and true trick for bringing power consumption down, the GS-L10 manages to house its mini-ITX motherboard in a "heatsink case" that adds only 3 inches to the overall footprint. With three sides of the enclosure composed of aluminum fins, this mini-PC has a decidedly industrial look. The front facia in particular is very plain, entirely devoid of switches, buttons, and ports. The power button is located in the rear.


Logic Supply's SolidLogic Montevina GS-L10.


The bottom.

The system has an Intel socket P motherboard supporting various mobile Celeron and Core 2 chips and utilizes integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics. There are a pair of DDR2 SODIMM slots, a 2.5" drive bay, and power is provided by a PicoPSU and AC power brick. The configuration of our sample was slightly upgraded over the US$900 base model featuring a dual core Celeron T3100 rather than a single core Celeron 585, 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB, and a 16GB SLC SSD as opposed to a 80GB hard drive.

SolidLogic Montevina GS-L10: Components
Model
Base Model
Sample Configuration
Top Configuration
Mainboard
Jetway NF93R-LF
Jetway NF93R-LF
Jetway NF93R-LF
Processor
Celeron 585 2.16 GHz
Celeron T3100 1.9 GHz
Core 2 Quad Q9000 2.0 GHz
RAM
1GB DDR2-800
2GB DDR2-800
2 x 2GB DDR2-800
Storage
Seagate EE 80GB HDD
Emphase Industrial 16GB SLC SSD
Emphase Industrial 32GB SLC SSD
Optical
None
None
Slimline External DVD Drive
DC-to-DC Power
PicoPSU-80
PicoPSU-80
PicoPSU-120-WI
AC Adapter
80W
80W
120W
Wireless
None
None
Intel 5100 802.11n PCIe Mini Card
Wireless Antenna
None
None
2.4/5.8 GHz 108mm (4")
Mounting
None
None
Serener MB-09 Mounting Plate
Operating System
None
None
Windows 7 Ultimate
Price
US$900
US1,019
US$2,040

Specifications: Logic Supply SolidLogic Montevina GS-L10
(from the product web page)


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